Engineering for Change

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Alex Moseson

Open Source Workshop Toolkit: Technology Innovation for International Development (Zeer Pot)

August 22, 2018

Few have experienced the unique blend of pains and joys that afflict designers of technology for developing world applications....

Carolina Rojas

El Acceso a Estufas Mejoradas en Panamá Necesita de Nuevas Investigaciones en Comunidades Indígenas

August 20, 2018

Read this article in English A nivel internacional, 2.7 billones personas aún dependen de fuentes de biomasa para cocinar...

Rob Goodier

Video: Effective, Low-Cost Prototyping

August 16, 2018

A Silicon Valley saying is “Never go to a meeting without a prototype.” A prototype magnifies the value of...

Rachel Webre

Beyond Survival: Humanitarian Work Should Encompass All of Our Needs

July 17, 2018

Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” appeared on a screen behind a speaker at a conference I attended recently, and it...

Jennifer Ventrella

Global Educational Inequality Fuels the Demand for “Open Science” 

July 13, 2018

Despite the expansion of global Internet coverage and open access journals, research from outside of the United States and...

Rob Goodier

Tecnologia para Salvar a la Lengua Quechua

July 3, 2018

Ingenieros de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú están desarrollando un software que interpreta la lengua indígena Quechua con...

Alex Green

Technology Access is Ushering in Agriculture’s ‘Data Revolution’

July 1, 2018

A solution to ease some of the pressure to produce food as the world’s population climbs may be the...

Guest Author

An Ocean Without Sand? The Construction Industry May Be Driving a Sand Crisis

June 29, 2018

When we think about sand, most of us have a picture of seemingly endless white beaches, a sandbox or...

Asmeeta Das Sharma

Confronting Informality: Preserving communities and creating public goods

June 14, 2018

Now that more than half of the people in the world live in cities, the human population can now...

Ankita Joshi

Reading list: Exploring the Connection Between Engineering and Social Justice

June 11, 2018

I’ve been fortunate enough in my career to find time to explore a complex topic that’s one of my...


Latest Comments

  • Iana Aranda says: As per Bob: reliable source of power or electrical storage and/or backup power is required. This limits the application to where this type of power is available. UV if applied appropriately can be both a safe and effective means of sterilization.

    Sterilux Steribox and Control Station
  • Iana Aranda says: As per Bob: Steam technology requires a source of water and steam – implying high power heating elements. Appropriate sources of clean, chemical free (Calcium, Iron etc.) water are necessary. Although in developed countries this is not a significant issue in developing countries...

    VIP V-10-40 Steam Engine
  • Very helpful we too have a problem with elephants in Sri Lanka.

    Designing Elephant Repellent in Rural Botswana
  • Hi John, thanks for the comment. The use of smoke to repel insects is actually one of the criteria we included in the protocol. There's a section dedicated to location-specific user needs like this one (which can be expanded to include other/uncommon, but important, needs we haven't identified).

    How to Design Improved Cookstoves with Users in Mind: A Usability Protocol
  • One of the key issues involved in the roll-out of ICS is that swathes of households in low-income countries are convinced that, although they may not like it, a smokey house environment inhibits biting insects. I've had quite a few householders tell me why smoke is a good thing, for this and other r...

    How to Design Improved Cookstoves with Users in Mind: A Usability Protocol
  • GoSun now has a full array of solar cookers and solar ovens, including a solar cooking solution during cloudy periods or night.

    GoSun Solar Cooker Sport
  • Depending of the desired temperature and the way you want to heat the mealworm. For low temperature, a solar heater (like the ones for water heaters for homes) could be enough; but if you want a higher temperature, a solar concentrator must be used.

    Heating a mealworm farm without Electricity
  • Interesting solution, some concern about vertical reinforcement being necessary for seismic and hurricane application getting lost -- shown in some drawings not others. All in all, a lot of good technical information and by highlighting the building material in the context of the application -- post...

    Good Earth Nepal Earthbag Construction
  • No standards in design, requires engineering design. No windows, limited protection, unclear durability. Again, not a solution, more like an example of the use of pallets for construction in limited 1st world applications.

    I-Beam Pallet House
  • I'm not sure this is appropriate as a "solution". It is certainly a concept and an innovative use of the pallet material. There have been no updates to the pallet house humanitarian design webpage since 2010.

    I-Beam Pallet House

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